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Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume II

(g) Re-employment of Troops

(g) Re-employment of Troops

Whichever division returns, a considerable proportion of the men will require to be sent as reinforcements to the other division over a period.

2nd Division 3rd Division
(i) Men of the 2nd Division would almost certainly flatly refuse to proceed to the 3rd Division so long as there were fit men in New Zealand who had not been overseas. (i) Men of 3rd Division would in all probability readily proceed to 2nd Division, but some difficulty would probably be encountered through the contention being continued that fit men in industry should go overseas before returned troops are required to proceed twice.

It would be much easier to use men of 3rd Division to reinforce 2nd Division than vice versa.